First, thank you's are due for the visits and food this past weekend. Everything is appreciated.
The meeting with the surgeon this morning was not as upbeat as I had hoped. Here is where it stands:
Surgery is currently scheduled for June 17 at St. Jo's. However, there is still some possiblity that I will need chemotherapy and/or radiation prior to surgery. That decision is pending a presentation of my case to a panel at St. Jo's that will be made by my pulmonologist, Paul Scheinberg. That meeting takes place tomorrow. Assuming that surgery is a "go" on 6/17, the first step after I am put to sleep will be to check lymph nodes inside my chest. According to the PET scan, which the surgeon describes as 80 - 85% accurate, they are not showing as affected, but if a biopsy done on the day of surgery shows otherwise, then the surgery will be postponed and different treatment options will be considered. If the biopsy is negative and the surgery proceeds, the most likely scenario is the loss of my left lung. Apparently, many decisons on how to proceed are made that day.
All in all, it was sobering. I am processing all the information that I received and remain optimistic.